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Creamy Easy Butter Chicken in 30 Minutes

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Difficulty Intermediate
Prep Time: 13 min Cook Time: 13 min Total Time: 26 mins
Servings 4
Calories 720
Best Season Suitable throughout the year
  • 3 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon gara masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 medium fresh lemon, squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small finely chopped onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 medium thumb-size minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can 680 ml or 18 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cups heavy cream or table cream
  1. Add the chicken to a mixing bowl followed by the the seasoning and yogurt. Mix until the chicken is coated and all is well combined. Allow it to sit for a few minutes or cover it or refrigerate overnight.  

  2. Add 2 tbsp of the butter and the olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. After melting down, place in the onion, ginger, and garlic. Stir and saute for a couple of minutes. 

  3. Add the chicken in and cook until no longer pink and slightly browned. 

  4. Add in the tomato paste and tomato sauce. Stir until well combined, bring to a boil, and reduce the heat. Place a lid on and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.

  5. After a simmer, pour in the heavy cream and stir until well combined. Add in the remaining 1 tbsp of butter and stir until combined and melted.

  6. Serve over basmati rice and enjoy your creamy and easy butter chicken.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 720kcal
Calories from Fat 0.01kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 4.98g25%
Cholesterol 170mg57%
Sodium 720mg30%
Potassium 680mg20%
Total Carbohydrate 40g14%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 9g
Protein 40g80%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


I use boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can use thighs as well. Often they are more tender and juicier. 

Vary the seasoning according to your liking. You can also omit seasoning you don't have or like. 

I use heavy cream, but half and half or table cream can also be used as a substitute. 

Keywords: Indian Recipes, Butter Chicken, Recipes in 30 Minutes. Dinner Ideas
David Hood
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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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